At The P.E. Club, we believe in balance.
So when you are faced with a dessert table of the finest treats the holiday season has to offer, it's okay to loosen the top button on your pants and indulge every once in a while. If you're still sifting through the best recipes to bring to the in-laws' place, or want to blast the holiday tunes while baking up some festive treats, we got you covered.
Our trainers & instructors put together a list of cookie recipes that are 100% worth the extra mile, a few more kettle bell swings, or five straight min. of TRX pike ups @ the gym!
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bliss Bites
Katy likes to bring the taste of her hometown - Hershey, PA - to the city during the holiday season, and this secret recipe from her mom's bake book is the perfect chocolate + peanut butter fix, hailing from the Sweetest Place on Earth!
- 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.)
- 1 stick of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 48 unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1.) Pastry: Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar and flour until blended. Divide dough into quarters. With ads, roll each portion on a lightly floured surface into a 6-inch log. Wrap individually and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.
2.) Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Have uncreased miniature muffin pans ready. (mini muffin cups measure 1 3/4 inches across top.)
3.) Cue one log in 12 equal slices (keep the rest refrigerated). With floured hands, flatten each piece into a 3-inch round and fit into muffin cup (dough will extend above cup).
4.) Bake cups for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, unwrap 48 miniature peanut butter cups(from 13. oz. bag or reese’s.)
5.) While pastry is hot, press 1 peanut butter cup into each pastry cup. Cool 10 min. then remove pastry cups to each to cool completely.
KAYLEY + Morgana's PICK:
THE CLASSIC PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOM
Kayley enjoys this classic cookie with a kiss! This Holiday favorite is worth it down to the last bite.
For the full recipe straight from Betty Crocker herself: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-peanut-butter-blossom-cookies/a3563f6e-96b0-443f-ae0a-53cef4be6db6
CHOCOLATE CHIP-PECAN PiE BARS
Miriam tried out this recipe from the Brown-Eyed Baker and shared the final product at her Thanksgiving table, and it was a big hit! Rather than a cookie, think of these more as an easy, hand-held pecan pie -- yum!
For the full recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/chunky-pecan-pie-bars/
Sea salt butterscotch pretzel cookies
Melody likes to practice balance in her diet, too! This sweet + salty treat does just that. Cookies & Cups twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie will have your mouth watering.
For the full recipe: http://cookiesandcups.com/sea-salt-butterscotch-pretzel-cookies/
chewy double chocolate peppermint cookies
Is it even the holidays without some sweet peppermint? Nedra took The Minimalist Baker's double chocolate + peppermint cookies for a test drive, and she's excited to share this recipe with you: http://minimalistbaker.com/chewy-double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies/
When it's time to crunch away the cookies, we're here to help. Our gift to you is a Holiday Sampler that won't make you fat! Enjoy $20 classes for you or someone you love.